I know a weird title. And especially it being in Tamil. Most who know me already know the nature of my fluency in tamil and for those who don’t understand tamil, this is a phrase. It means basically doing everything at a time without giving credence to order.
This was one of the most choicest phrase that my dad used for anything I cooked. And when the prompt in NaBloPoMo asked me about one thing that I remember about my dad.. this stood up.
For some reason, this phrase has been haunting me for a long time. I have been wanting to write about it and my dad and yet not knowing what I could write about this quaint little turn of phrase , I dithered.
So today, I decided my fingers to do their thing and spill to my hearts content.
I lost my mom when I was 13. And since then, my dad took care of both of us, me n sis. Which included everything from cooking to cleaning. I am really not sure why he never hired a maid. We were not in want of money.. but for some reason maids have always been a no no.. it still is.
So as it happens most food were not elaborate. Though dad loves to cook, the time usually didnt permit him to indulge so we did what we called a ‘ addupu tudupu aayiram’. adduppu means a stove. Tuddupu has no meaning ( acc to my vocabulary anyways) and aayiram means 1000. I am sure from this you cannot fathom what the phrase really means. Oh wait I have already given out the meaning..
But in this context it means, dont bother about the sequence, simply add all the ingredients to the pot and get it to boil.. and that is what we did. We wud generally make rasam , or puppu or may be occasional sambhar . Or my favorite vetta kozhumbu. And all the powders were simply put it and brought to boil.
I remember my first and their subsequent kitchen experiments. Somehow, every feedback or suggestion was not complete without using this phrase multiple time.
Sheesh I am not doing a good job of expressing what this phrase means to me. This phrase embodies the essence of the man my dad was. Easy going, fun and lazy. Ah well 😦 May be I should try something else.!!